Buying Christmas Presents on a Student Budget

December is only a few days away, which means the countdown to Christmas is officially on! For some, this is the culmination of weeks and even months of careful planning. Presents are already wrapped, the turkey is ordered and the tree is on standby to be put up as soon as the first of the month dawns. However, others are not so organised. Or, more precisely, living off a student budget and wondering where on earth they will conjure up enough money for a merry holiday.

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To Laptop or Not to Laptop

So, the new term is well and truly underway and for all those Freshers out there, we hope you are absolutely loving it! Hopefully you’ve already learnt plenty in your lectures and you’re well on your way to becoming a genius. But with lectures comes a lot of important decisions to make – how late can I stay up before my 9am lecture? How likely is it that my lecturer will notice me playing candy crush on my phone?

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Motivational Tips for Studying

It’s the start of the academic year, so many of you may not have even thought about revision, essays or going over your lecture materials yet. However, before you know it, the end of the term will loom and all those deadlines that seemed so far away? Well, suffice to say writing ten thousand words the night before is never a fun night. Nor will your lecturers enjoy the red line-riddled mess.

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Navigating an International Classroom

Ordering the wrong drink at the pub, getting lost because you didn’t understand the directions given, insulting a teacher on your first day…

This is the predicament of many students in universities all over the world. While most are preparing for the new term or year with the usual anxiety that comes from knowing a ton of academic workload is coming their way, another group of students has an additional source of worry to stress over… Continue reading

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Getting Lost on the 2A – Lancaster Buses Explained

So you’ve arrived in Lancaster, the new term is well underway and you’re enjoying getting to know your fellow students. Everything seems to be going so well, until you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, stranded on the 2A bus.

Getting to grips with bus timetables in a new city can be a rather complicated process, but don’t worry, we’ve put together a handy little guide that should help you towards figuring it all out… Continue reading

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Making the Most of Your First Year at Uni

When you were accepted into university, it would have seemed a distant prospect on the horizon.

People will have been preparing you for this for a long time, with everyone from teachers to parents to grandparents weighing in with their advice, most of which is no longer relevant. Basically, you’re going to be fine. If it’s the right course, you’ll meet the right people and be inspired to do the work expected of you which, admittedly, does get harder. Continue reading

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How to Prepare Yourself for the New Term

So it’s all kicking off – you can feel the tension sizzling in the air. You’re mentally exhausted already, and classes are only just starting. But fizzing beneath all that anxiety is an excitement you haven’t felt before. Hang on, is it excitement or sheer terror…?

It’s fine. Your accommodation will be top-notch. You’ll make friends. They’ll like you. You might fall in love (or lust, at least).

So how do you prepare for the new term at a uni?

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The 50/50 Coin Toss of Having a Housemate

There are a lot of things that make university worthwhile – meeting amazing friends, making spectacular memories and getting a great education are only a few of them. Every day can be a new adventure if you want it to. A huge part of this, other than your own desire, is the friends that you make. Starting from your housemates and moving outward.

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A-Level Results Day: What’s Next?

The fateful day is finally upon us. All that hard work that you’ve been putting in over the past couple of years has come to an end, and it’s time to face the music. So, now that you’re up bright and early, waiting to pick up your results, you’re probably thinking about all the options ahead of you. Remember, no matter you’re results, you have A TONNE of options!

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Explore Lancaster with Pokémon Go

From your student flats in Lancaster to the university grounds, there is a Pokémon around every corner thanks to the hottest app in the world right now: Pokémon Go. From the lowly Pidgey to the beloved Squirtle, Lancaster is rife with these colourful pocket monsters that everyone and their grandmother is going mad for.

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